Sunday, April 23, 2017

Walking The Wetlands On The Rutland Trail - Part 2

The dogs and I were walking the Rutland Trail east from Hallahan Road and enjoying the songs of the spring peepers (see also Part 1, posted yesterday):

Little Daphne kicked up her heels and raced ahead of gigantic Seamus:

There are wetlands all along this section of the trail:

And the dogs were thrilled to be on an outing:

We didn't go far before we turned back toward our parked car. That was fine with the dogs. They're happy as long as they are moving:

Even though it looks like it's all woods here, there was water on both sides of the trail:

We stopped again at the beaver lodge. I suspect that there are no longer any beavers living here. It is also possible that someone tore down a beaver dam elsewhere and dumped the wood here:

The water on the other side of the trail looked inviting, so three of the dogs went down for a closer look. None of them went in, I'm glad to report, not even Seamus:

As for me, I enjoyed the long vistas across the water and the sounds of spring peepers and honking geese:

We were nearing our parked car:

But Fergus took a detour to check out the water's edge. He looked a little sheepish when he returned, as if he thought he might have done something bad (he hadn't):

Little Jack spotted our car ahead and bolted, and Seamus watched him go. But I called, and Jack returned, so I put a leash on him and told the other dogs to heal for the final stretch to the road. The other dogs know that heel means to stay about two feet from me, either side is OK. With five dogs, I can't be too picky:

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Walking The Wetlands On The Rutland Trail - Part 1

There was a light rain and it was kind of chilly, but that didn't stop us. This trail is only 5 miles from home and I decided to go hear the spring peepers, which had begun singing only one day earlier. The dogs hit the trail running:

There is water on both sides of the trail, which is beautiful and ideal for hearing spring peepers. It also keeps people on the trail. There's no wandering when on this section of the Rutland Trail:

I began by letting the dogs run and not hollering at them when they went too far. I figured that they surely must know the limits by now. I was wrong. We hadn't gone far before I began calling them back every few minutes. But they love running back as much as they love running forward, so they were still happy:

Daphne, Clover and Jack walked down the water's edge to explore:

Then, of course, they all ran ahead. When I called, they all ran back. Oh, to be so young and energetic:

We stopped at a trailside beaver lodge but the dogs didn't seem to smell anything interesting:

And they explored the water's edge on the other side of the trail:

Little Clover, always the adventurer, climbed up on a rock:

It was a grand time to be near the water:

The trail is where the Rutland railroad tracks used to be and is therefore level and straight:

My ankles were hurting, so I knew we wouldn't go very far. But that was OK because we all enjoyed a quick jaunt out and back:

The scenery was lovely but there were no green leaves or flowers yet. I made a mental note to return here soon to see the plant life come alive. I'll post Part 2 tomorrow:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Massena N.Y. Town Museum - Part 3

I was touring the Massena Museum and took a closer look at the general store exhibit (photo at the end of Part 2, posted yesterday).This scale was from the early 1900s and came from a local store, Tarpinian's Grocery:

This old cash register came from Podgurski's Store:

The Massena Police Department's switchboard and a uniform, both from the 1950s:

Instrument case from a doctor's office:

From the Purity Bakery:

I was advancing in history as I toured the museum, and things were beginning to look familiar to me. Then again, I am pretty darn old:

This reminded me of Easter dresses, worn by little girls to church on Easter morning:

A perfectly rendered model of the old Massena High School, displayed in a wood and glass case. Of course they have a modern high school now:

I wondered about the year of the model in the above photo, but then noticed an accompanying photo of the students from 1925. I suppose they were from about the same time:

More artifacts which I remembered from the old museum location:

A scene from a one room school:

An old Hoosier cabinet school and more vintage clothes. But this was the end of my tour. I asked about the hearse and funeral home display which I remembered from the old museum and was told that most of those artifacts would be moved here when an addition to the new building was completed: